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Apr 30, 2009 08:15 AM

Sushi-grade Tuna

Anyone know where in the Baltimore area I can purchase this? Wegman's in Hunt Valley seemed like a slam-dunk, but no success. (In fact, I got a mini-lecture from the seafood guy regarding eating raw fish.)
Your help is appreciated!

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  1. Two years ago when I tried my hand at making sushi, I purchased sushi grade fish from a shop on York Road in Timonium, just north of seminary ave (next to 7-11):

    There is also a place on Deereco Road in Timonium that sell all the rice, vinegar, Nori, etc needed to make sushi. Hope that helps.

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    1. re: bmore_flavor

      I hear great things about H-Mart.

      800 North Rolling Rd
      Catonsville, MD 21228

      (443) 612-9020

      1. re: bmore_flavor

        I agree -- H-mart is a good place, as is, Fresh World in Glen Burnie. Most folks don't realize that the best sushi grade tuna is frozen and what you get in a sushi bar is previously frozen. (That reduces the dangers of raw fish a whole lot!) I buy regularly from both places.

        When you thaw it out, first remove fish from the plastic wrapper when still frozen. Thaw in the fridge overnight with a piece of paper towel over it. If you let it sit in the plastic in its own juices, it will take on that "fishy" taste (nasty). Keep temp under 38F. Never use the microwave to thaw. The MW will promote bacteria growth by uneven heating in hotspots.

    2. That is really weird because the Wegmans in Fairfax definitely sells sushi grade tuna. They also have "Wegmans grade tuna" which a step slightly down from sushi grade (frozen within two days rather than one out of the sea I think he said...) and the man at the seafood counter said searing the Wegmans grade was fine to eat after searing for a minute or two on each side. I might try back there another time...

      1. I agree I buy sushi grade tuna at Hunt Valley Wegmans it is great

        1. What about Whole Foods? There's one in Mount Washington, and I'd think that would be the place to go. I would call them first for sure though.

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          1. re: izzy0927

            Thanks, all, for the tips. I'll try Wegman's again and check out the other places as needed.

            1. re: mvscorpio

              I have been buying sushi quality tuna and salmon for H-Mart for years. Also they have wasabi powder,and lots of korean like side dishes such as pickled dacon, radish, seaweed salad as well as pickled ginger to go along. It is an excellent place to buy fresh fish and seafood with good quality and great prices. That applies also to the fresh fruits and veggies.

              1. re: dining with doc

                HMart HMart HMart!!! Worth the trip!!! just amazing, they have the sushi salmon and tuna over at the take out section of the sushi bar, perfectly portioned. Don't miss the fresh seafood counter in the back too.